Aria casino Las Vegas is a stunning venue. It is one of the newest additions to the strip and it attracts a very beautiful upscale crowd. My last visit to Aria was March 2014. I really want Aria to be my favorite place in Vegas, it is georgeous, has a huge gaming floor and has a very slick vibe, but unfortunately I just can’t get into it. There are a ton of blackjack tables, but the $15 and $25 tables use auto-shuffle machines which make them feel cheaper than the venue. The $50 and $100 tables have manual shuffle, but they are in the middle of the gaming floor which doesn’t make them feel very special. Maybe this place doesn’t feel like betting $50-100 per hand is worthy of special treatment and that is why I don’t feel like it is for me. Also the dealers are generally blah, not a lot of energy and while they are not unpleasant like you can find in some casinos they don’t go out of their way to make a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
As far as food goes, I eat at Todd English PUB almost every time I’m in Vegas and they have great upscale dining option in Aria. I’m a pretty basic guy, burger, fries, beer are my staples and PUB delivers these extremely well in a nice relaxed environment. They also have great happy hour deals most days which let’s you eat good food at a reasonable price which is sometimes hard to come by in Vegas.
I think a concerted effort by the MGM management to have the dealers show some energy and have more fun would likely make Aria a contender for one of my Vegas must visit casinos. As it is I’ll stop by here most visits for sliders at PUB and maybe a couple of rounds of blackjack, but unless the energy level ramps up it won’t be my first destination.
Overall my ratings for Aria Casino Las Vegas is an A-
Gaming – B+
Atmosphere – A
Food – A- great for upscale dinners, Todd English PUB is a favorite for casual bar fare
People watching – A, very few of the giant straw in a plastic drink crowd, tons of beautiful people which makes it hard to concentrate
Friendly dealers/staff – B
Nightlife – not known for it